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Poem: Glass Dresses

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Glass Dresses

Enchanted by an alluring tower,

She climbed the narrow, spiral staircase,

Above the greens of splendor,

To enter the enticing entrance.


She felt the prickle of foreign ambiance,

As she stepped on the first tile,

Gigantic frames of still moments,

Perfect bodies, flawless skin, plastered smiles.


Perfection in this world,

A timeless, artificial remedy,

That was the delusion of the young girl,

Who was eager to showcase before she was ready.


On the vast marble floor,

Was a display of two striking glass dresses,

Flaunting their smooth curves and contours,

Symmetrical impresses.


One dress rendered her easy access,

But the gaps surrounding her deficient body,

Developed in her, feelings of insecurity,

Although the material in excess.


The other dress squeezed her,

Its hugging did not cease,

The silhouette suffocated her,

She struggled to be free.


The once admired dress,

Shattered into different sizes and shapes,

She attempted to have it addressed,

But failed as she was hurt by the sharp edge.

Remarks

First, I want to say that social media plays a part in influencing people on how to look "perfect" and this has a negative effect on body image. Therefore, this poem shows how beauty is perceived by a young girl.


Enchanted by an alluring tower,

She climbed the narrow, spiral staircase,

Above the greens of splendor,

To enter the enticing entrance.

This actually represents how much the girl wants to be perfect. She fails to notice the surrounding natural environment (greens). Subconsciously, she prioritizes perfection over nature.The description of the stairs is the focus and efforts she puts in trying to be perfect. Is it really worth it to climb narrow, spiral staircase just to achieve this so called perfection?


She felt the prickle of foreign ambiance,

As she stepped on the first tile,

Gigantic frames of still moments,

Perfect bodies, flawless skin, plastered smiles.

Foreign in the sense that we cannot force ourselves to have other people's figures, beauty and so on. It's like how we cannot blend in another culture. The first tile shows the immediate influence social media has. Pictures are taken at a point in time and capture smiles of people but we don't really know what their story is. Their flaws and sufferings, where are they?


Perfection in this world,

A timeless, artificial remedy,

That was the delusion of the young girl,

Who was eager to showcase before she was ready.

She was influenced quickly by how society teaches conventional beauty. She wanted to be "beautiful" without knowing that it's in fact, not good for her well being and unprepared for its effect on body image.


On the vast marble floor,

Was a display of two striking glass dresses,

Flaunting their smooth curves and contours,

Symmetrical impresses.

This represents how beauty is perceived by media influenced society. The marble floor is vast and yet the focus point is the glass dresses (perfection). There are so many things to wonder about besides this idealism.


One dress rendered her easy access,

But the gaps surrounding her deficient body,

Developed in her, feelings of insecurity,

Although the material in excess.

Other than the direct definition from the stanza, it shows that having more of something advantageous does not guarantee lasting happiness. We also won't ever be happy if we keep comparing our lives with others.


The other dress squeezed her,

Its hugging did not cease,

The silhouette suffocated her,

She struggled to be free.

Have you heard of the phrase "no pain, no gain"? Of course working hard gets you somewhere but look at how the dress is forcing her to be thinner by hugging. Hugs are supposed to be lovable. We cannot force ourselves to look a certain way completely.


The once admired dress,

Shattered into different sizes and shapes,

She attempted to have it addressed,

But failed as she was hurt by the sharp edge.

This shows the realization of the imperfections in something we thought was once flawless. She cannot run away from her imperfections no matter how hard she tries to cover up. She ends up hurting herself in the process.


© 2018 Li-Jen Hew

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